A Marriage Inconvenient
Janet Lane Walters
Highly Recommended 5 stars
Carrie Graham has a dilemma,
in order to receive her grandfather's sizeable inheritance she
must have the approval of her husband to use the money. Carrie
wants to use the money to set up a trust to care for her beloved
mother. Mom, a single parent who was dismayed to find her child
disavowed by her deceased husband's father worked two jobs to
support Carrie during her child hood. Mom wants no part of Josiah's
money. RN Carrie, on the other hand, is working two jobs and
thinking she has only two choices if she is going to be able
to care for her now invalided Mom. She can either take on a third
job, or she can scare up a husband darn quick.
Dr. Tony Flynn comes to mind.
He is the older brother of the little boy Carrie scrapped with
as a youngster. Tony's Mom was Carrie's babysitter while her
own mother was working those two jobs. Carrie has always carried
a secret torch for Tony. Tony married a grasping woman and is
now the father of a seven year old. His wife has moved on to
bigger and better game when Carrie decides to ask Tony to enter
a sham marriage with her in order to fulfill the requirements
of grandpa's will.
The resulting tale is at times
the most hilarious romp as Carrie and her secret fantasy of love
ever after enters into this marriage with Tony who carries his
own secret torch for her.
In her Marriage Inconvenient
writer Walters has captured the frustration, apprehension and
at times unrealistic expectations harbored by Carrie, Tony and
Tony's seven year old son Chad. The premise for this tale is
not all that out of the ordinary. Most of us have a friend from
whom we feel we might ask almost anything. Tony was Carrie's.
The narrative is at times so funny it is hard to not just howl
with laughter while at others this reader wanted to yell, "open
your eyes you idiot, he/she is mad for you."
Walters has carried off a difficult
task in presenting both what her characters were saying along
with what their skewed thoughts were at the same moment. Carrie
and Tony stumble all over the obvious in a most plausible manner.
Chad is truly believable as the seven year old who is nothing
more than an inconvenience to his selfish mother.
Marriage Inconvenient is filled
with a group of on the whole likeable characters the reader can
really cheer. Despite the ex wife's small actual presence in
the work, Marilyn is fleshed out through Chad's dialogue with
his father and Carrie. Walters shows great skill in creating
a narrative in which dialogue flows naturally between her characters.
The miscues and miscommunication between Carrie and Tony is fun
Delightful work. Romance is not
my favorite genre, however this one has me hoping writer Walters
is busy working on the sequel in which Marilyn, that scheming
ex wife, is brought to reckoning.